I’m excited to introduce the next shop in our Etsy feature series, Nostalgic Summer. You’ll love this unique repurposed jewelry!
I’ve always been a bit of a vintage jewelry girl and when I came across this shop, I immediately fell in love with the unique and one-of-a-kind pieces.
Who’s Behind Nostalgic Summer?
Renee was raised in a family of 8….she’s number 7, born on July 7th (the lucky 7th)! She has always been creative…so her mom tells her. As a teenager she stumbled upon a bag of 1920’s era lampshade beads in her grandmother’s house and began making necklaces for everyone she knew with those beads. It seemed like she could never quite find the right piece of jewelry, so she began taking apart and redesigning vintage jewelry while in high school.
Renee has a degree in art and toyed with the idea of becoming an interior designer. She worked in advertising, as a visual merchandiser in retail, and as a sales rep to artists and gallery owners in the midwest area. She also sold antiques for a while and her antique dealer friends would always bring their “smalls” to her because they knew she loved the tiny shiny trinkets.
The pivotal moment for Renee was when she made a necklace for her son’s friend. The friend loved it so much that she encouraged Renee to sell her jewelry pieces. In March of this year, Renee took the leap of faith and opened her Etsy shop. She started with only a few pieces and her shop eventually grew to what it is now. Renee also writes a blog where she shares her finds, projects and inspirations.
Nostalgic Summer Etsy Shop
The word nostalgic often conjures images in sepia tone, with a warm glow respecting all that the past has to offer. These warm images ignite every time we come across an artifact that taps into our cherished memories. We hold on to memories to honor, learn, and evolve. As the owner and creator of Nostalgic Summer Repurposed Jewelry, Renee’s passion is uncovering those memories, honoring the past, and creating artifacts with new meaning for the future.
Everyday we run into tiny keys, shinny trinkets, jewels, and items of all kinds. The more stories a piece has to tell, worn by time, the more precious it becomes. Renee’s vision is to take these artifacts, long forgotten, and craft new memories and experiences; giving new life to memories we hold close.
Renee loves scouring flea markets, antique shops, and auctions for old jewelry and unusual shiny objects. She found a box of vintage solid brass sinker/swivel pieces (used to hold the hook on fishing line) this summer and they make beautiful pendant holders. She uses new brass and silver chain, as old is very hard to find. However, she keeps the new materials to a minimum.
Each piece is carefully constructed, with all the loose beads being wired by hand rather than simply put on a string. When asked how she comes up with the designs, Renee told me that the pieces usually design themselves (although she does often get an idea at 3 AM and cannot wait to execute it)!
Renee has difficulty choosing just one piece of jewelry as her favorite. It’s either a special one made with the rosary her husband had as a child or the vintage advertising art pendants. They appeal to the graphic designer in her and for sentimental reasons because the art is from her father’s matchbook collection.
Currently her best sellers are the Vintage Brass Number or Letter Necklaces and the Advertising Art Pendants. They both sold very well at her last art show. She has a large collection of matchbook covers and will be adding designs to that collection in the next few weeks.
What does Renee love most about creating Nostalgic Summer?
“I enjoy working for myself, spending my days creating pieces I love, and am so lucky to have a very supportive husband and son who always encourage me. The most rewarding part of my business is my custom work. I have made a few necklaces for clients incorporating family heirloom pieces. I love how sentimental those necklaces are to them.”
Take a look at Renee’s jewelry studio. I love all of the vintage touches!
Renee is generously giving away one of her Repurposed Vintage Advertising Art Necklaces. These pendants were created from a collection of 1920’s to 1930’s vintage matchbook covers. Renee digitally scanned the matchbook covers to slightly reduce the size and printed them on high quality card stock. They are sealed in a wonderful patina brass pendant tray with a domed glass cabochon. The chain is antiqued brass with a lobster clasp.
Visit Nostalgic Summer on Etsy and come back and leave a comment below about which advertising art pendant you will choose if you win.
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Note: This giveaway is now closed. Winner is Sandi.
Renee is also offering a 15% discount with code BLOGSPOT until December 14, 2011. I think her jewelry pieces would make fantastic gifts for those stylish women on your list! For the holidays, Renee is also including a complimentary gift box, ribbon and card.
I truly admire Renee for listening to her heart, taking the leap of faith and following her dream. She’s passionate about what she does and absolutely adores the great feeling she gets when a customer falls in love with one of her pieces- so inspirational!
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